Tell us something about the character you play
I play the part of Arianrhod, which means "gift of silver", and she is Lleu's mother. She gives birth to him very publicly and is very ashamed by this. Because of this she rejects the child completely and puts a curse upon him to say that he'll never have a name, he'll never bear arms to fight and he will never marry a woman made of flesh. Gwydion the magician, who is Arianrhod's brother, takes the baby Lleu, whpo is nameless at the time, and raises him as his own. He then tricks Arianrhod into naming him, into giving him arms and into him having a wife by using his magic. Arianrhod's a very hard woman, she's bitter, and I suppose that stems from her being shamed at giving birth in public and has never let go of that ... the bitterness and cruelty eats away at her. She's also a warrior woman, she's very strong physically but also incredibly strong mentally in that she has a very masculine view of the world, but inside all that is a soft woman who's very hurt and damaged at what's happened to her.
As an actress how did you go about trying to interpret her?
What's strange about doing a job like this is initially you just lay down the voice without the picture and this is now four years later seeing the picture and I've really been looking forward to see what's been drawn. It's interesting because some of it has had to be re-done because some of the voice that I laid down is now too soft for the pictures and the movements. And now she looks like she's been working out in the gym quite a lot, she's got a good pair of arms on her! Also the way the pictures have been drawn as well ... the elongated faces and they're quite harsh looking people so some of the voice had to be changed to reflect that. So yes, it's a really interesting way of working, it's also sometyhing that takes quite a lot of time to get used to doing because there's so many things to concentrate on - the picture, the voice, the lip-synch and you've also got to try and act it as well which is the one thing you forget to do sometimes!
You've known about the stories for a long time ... what are your hopes for the film on the international stage?
These are the stories that I grew up with as a child, stories like Blodeuwedd (my favourite story as a kid), and I just think it's fantastic that they're such ancient and beautiful stories that the rest of the world gts to hear about them. They're also incredibly universal, all the subject matter in them and they're just beautiful and sometimes frightening fairy stories really and I think it's fantastic that they're getting this kind of worldwide stage.